Ex-Raiders, Jets Safety Burgess Owens Wins Republican Primary for US House Seat

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2020

Burgess Owens, former NFL star, and candidate for the 4th Congressional District seat, speaks during the 4th District GOP Debate at the KUED studios on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City on Monday, June 1, 2020. The Republican race to take on Utah's lone Congressional Democrat is still a four-way contest, and the contenders were split during a debate on whether a hardline conservative or a more centrist candidate would be the party's best chance in November. (Steve Griffin/Deseret News, via AP, Pool)
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The Associated Press declared former NFL safety Burgess Owens the victor in the Republican primary for a U.S. House of Representatives seat in Utah's fourth congressional district Wednesday.

Burgess Owens @BurgessOwens

WE DID IT! Thank you for all your support over the last few months. Now, onto November! https://t.co/2zRwJ5rZyK

The state of Utah has tallied 34,090 votes (43.53 percent of the popular vote) for Owens, with Kim Coleman in second with 18,675 votes (23.85 percent). Coleman announced Wednesday she was conceding the race:

Ben Winslow @BenWinslow

JUST IN: @kimfcoleman concedes the #UT4 race to @BurgessOwens. @fox13 #utpol #Utah https://t.co/LaYO25QUNl

Owens will now challenge the incumbent, Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams, in the November elections.

The 68-year-old spent 10 seasons in the NFL. Seven of those years came with the New York Jets, and he ended his career with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders. He was a member of the Raiders team in 1980 that went on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XV.

Speaking with JetsCountry's Kristian Dyer in June, Owens said he'll avoid tuning in to NFL games if the protest movement sparked by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick continues.

"If [NFL Commissioner Roger] Goodell allows Kaepernick to come back, if they allow players to kneel during the national anthem, I'm willing to not watch the game," he said. "The only thing that can change the league is to change commissioners. This has been going on way too long, it is four years of this mess."